These gluten-free chocolate protein energy balls are the perfect filling snack that will curb your hunger and sweet-tooth. Not to mention these delicious energy balls are not only gluten-free but also grain-free!
The importance of protein
Protein is one of the 3 macronutrients that is needed in large amounts for our body’s survival. It is involved in many body processes like:
- production of hormones and enzymes
- building bones, muscle, skin, blood, and more
- repairing body tissues
Not to mention, making sure you have protein at every meal will help you stay full longer. The same applies to snacks, making these gluten-free chocolate protein energy balls the perfect tasty snack to hold you over until your next meal.
The peanut butter and grass-fed beef collagen are the main sources of protein in this recipe, but did you know buckwheat also is a great source of complete plant-based protein? Buckwheat is also not a grain, it’s a seed, meaning these gluten-free chocolate protein energy balls are grain-free. I know, you basically can’t lose with these energy balls.
Why protein energy balls?
I’m a firm believer in meal-prep, especially if you have to follow a restrictive diet/lifestyle. Meal-prep makes staying on track effortless because options that support your needs are always available. Thus, protein energy balls are the perfect snack because they can be made ahead of time and are quick and easy to pack in a lunch or to grab-and-go with.
If you’re feeling extra motivated to meal-prep energy balls, consider preparing a bunch at once and freezing them (they’re typically good in a air-tight container in the freezer for up to 3 months). When you’re ready to enjoy them, take them out of the freezer and pack them. They should be thawed by the time you want to enjoy them. Or thaw them in the fridge the week you plan to enjoy them.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Protein Energy Balls
- 1/2 cup peanut butter creamy
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup grass-fed collagen powder
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp agave syrup
- Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl
- Fold/mix ingredients together until a dough forms
- Roll into balls (if the mixture is too crumbly, add more water)
- Chill and enjoy!
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